two years Lincoln-Erdman Elementary School staff, families and
supporters have been working to construct the Lincoln-Erdman
Environmental and Fitness Trail (LEEF Trail), designed by a group of
staff members and the school's PTO president.
LEEF trail is designed for students and the community. It was
officially launched earlier this month with an all-school Kick-off,
complete with an incentive program: Walk Northeast Wisconsin.
The Walk Northeast Wisconsin
program encourages students to walk the half-mile-plus trail at least
once a week with the mission to "walk" to various cities in Northeast
The walks will take place
in a supervised environment during recess. Teachers will keep track of
their mileage. Incentives will be offered for various mileage
increments based on how "far" they walk � Plymouth (15 miles), Two
Rivers (30 miles), Kewaunee (45 miles), Green Bay (60 miles), Sturgeon
Bay (75 miles) and Gills Rock (90 miles).
help continue with the construction project, the school is selling
bricks, which will be used to build the walking path entrance. Bricks
can be purchased for $100 and will display names and messages selected
by the donor. To purchase a brick contact the school at 920-459-3595.
LEEF Trail project vision is to develop an environmental retreat on the
school's 1.5 acres of undeveloped land where students, teachers, and
community members can learn about Wisconsin's natural environment,
explore the grounds, walk the fitness trail and exercise. The hope is
for students to develop a knowledge base they can take into their
adulthood and become protectors of the environment while using the
environment to increase their physical well-being.
efforts are being coordinated with Maywood-Ellwood H. May City Park and
their environmentalist who provides education to the community about
environmental studies. The school committee had worked 18 months prior
to this implementation of the LEEF Trail project studying the use of
our underdeveloped green space to address student needs.
learn more proficiently and have more fun learning from hands on
experiences outside the four walls of a classroom. Curriculum is being
developed to teach students about the natural plant growth of Wisconsin
including five study nodes - the wetlands, the hard wood forests, the
prairie grassland, the northern pine, and fruit and nut trees.
second purpose of the LEEF Trail is to improve students' physical
well-being. This will be accomplished by providing an area to exercise,
programming to increase students' knowledge of proper nutrition,
developing additional study units on the improvement of students'
physical well being, and providing parents with additional educational
materials to reinforce what the children learn in the classroom.
this portion of the project, Lincoln-Erdman School is partnering with
Aurora Health Care, a not-for-profit integrated health care system.
Through the use of the two fitness stations, each including five pieces
of exercise equipment, the LEEF Trail will not only provide a wonderful
after school fitness opportunity too often missing for today's
children, but will also enhance the student's physical fitness
opportunities during school hours.
entire student body at Lincoln-Erdman Elementary School took part in
the kickoff of the school's fitness and environmental trail (LEEF
Trail). The all-school walk was part of the school's Panther Pals
character education session and also marked the launch of the school's
exercise incentive program which encourages students to "walk" their
way to various cities in Northeast Wisconsin by walking the LEEF Trail
during recess and logging their miles.